Sri Mahajan Raisaheb Perla Ramamurthy Chetty's
School for the Deaf
The school was established on 06-08-1984 with 16 Hearing Impaired children. At present there are more than 150 children in the age group of 5 to 18 years studying in various classes from 1st standard to 10th standard. The spirit behind this is a strong belief that the deaf are not dumb. If proper intervention is provided at the right time, they can become normal individuals like others. The School is recognized by Government of Andhra Pradesh. The education is free to all children irrespective of caste, creed, sex and sect. The school building was donated by by late Sri Mahajan Perla Satteyya Chetty, a renowned philanthropist of Vizianagaram. The classrooms are fully equipped with Group Hearing Aid and Loop Induction Systems and also with overhead projectors. The school is manned by specially trained teachers including one speech therapist. The teacher pupil ratio is strictly maintained at 1:8. Individual speech therapy is imparted with the help of Speech Trainers and also with the help of modern software system "Vaghmi" on computer. The school has a good library, lab, teaching and sports equipment. The school has hostel facility for the deaf boys and at present 86 deaf boys are accommodated in the hostel with the funds received from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. 80 girl children are residing in a hostel managed by Department of Disabled Welfare & Senior Citizens, Vizianagaram. This school is also enrolled under the Deen Dayal Rehabilitation Scheme, which provides financial assistance to Special schools across the country in terms of Grant-In-Aid and is managed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi.
Vikas School for the Mentally Retarded
Vikas School for the Mentally Retarded was established on 2nd October, 1994 with an intake of 16 Mentally Retarded children. At present, there are nearly 50 children in 4 categories - Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Pre-Vocational classes. There are trained Teachers and the teacher pupil ratio is maintained at 1:12. Special services are also provided.
Swayamkrushi Vocational Rehabilitation Centre
In 1995, a Vocational Rehabilitation Centre was designed to familiarize every student with the world of work. For those students who are above the age of 16 years and do not go for higher studies, direct job entry skills are taught. A variety of vocational areas include Book Binding, Embroidery and Garment making, Commercial Art, Computer D.T.P. and Screen Printing are contemplated. It has been shown that computers can be used to improve cognitive, language, speech, social pre-school, academic and problem solving skills. On the Job Training is also provided for students proficient in a particular area.